Stabilizer Bar

oldsmobile
suspension
bravada

#1

I recently received a hand me down 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada.



I recently had an oil change at a mass market place and the technician told me that my stabilizer bar was broken. Which was not unexpected as right before I took possession of the car I was warned that there were issues with the suspension system. I know this needs to be repaired and want to address it quickly, however I have a couple of questions.



1) How much should a repair like this cost?



2) Is it possible to continue to drive this vehicle safely in the short term?



Obviously I don’t want to spend a lot of money but I also want to stay safe. Any advice or guidance is appreciated.


#2

You don’t say if this is in the front or rear. Most likely (be it either front or rear) it is a sway bar link that is broken, although it is possible for the actual bar to be broken. It would worry me quite a bit if the actual bar was broken as these are pretty strong pieces and it would take a good hit to break one. I will not say “drive on” with any suspension component broken, but I would not walk over it either.


#3

A broken front sway bar or link can give the rear end an annoying tendency to swap places with the front suddenly and unexpectedly, on a slippery road.
I speak from experience.


#4

Thanks.

It was the sway bar link that was broken.

The sway bar links have been replaced and I will say the handling is much tighter.

The repair total was roughly $100.


#5

That’s not a bad price at all. Glad you had the work done - you’ll be safer.